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Lot 22
1936 Cadillac Custom Roadster 'Shangri La'

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CHASSIS NO: 6010022

• Extensive custom build by renowned Rick Dore
• Hand-formed aluminum body fabricated by Marcel Custom Metal
• Removable brushed metal roof
• Winner of the Charlie Hutton Paint Award


GM Ram Jet V-8 engine rated at 380 HP, GM 700R4 automatic transmission, Art Morrison chassis with four-wheel independent coil suspension, four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes; wheelbase: 116”


In the height of the Classic Car Era, great names like Saoutchik and Figoni et Falaschi created some of the most impressive designs ever seen. By employing skilled craftsmen and true artisans, these coachbuilders were able to build motorcars that were the jewels of the road. While the era of the bespoke body may be long gone as a standard of the industry, an occasional masterpiece is still created by using the old methods. Such is the case with this stunning 1936 Cadillac that has been transformed into a rolling work of art. Built under the direction of master craftsman Rick Dore, this unique Cadillac represents a blend of modern mechanicals with the definitive styling for which the Classic Era was known. Known formally as “Shangri-La,” after the fictional utopia described in the 1933 novel Lost Horizon by British author James Hilton, this unique motorcar is a one-off creation that is as much a work of art as it is a mechanical masterpiece.

Shangri-La started with a 1936 Cadillac that was specified by Rick Dore and then brought to life with hand formed aluminum by Marcel DeLay of Marcel's Custom Metal in Corona, California. The 116-inch wheelbase frame was sourced from Morrison AM Chassis and features coil springs on all four corners. The combination of this exclusive hand-built body with a custom fabricated frame enabled the design to carry all the styling cues of the Art Deco period. All trim spears are handmade brass finished with brilliant chrome plating. The beautiful and flowing lines mimic the sweeping streamliners that were all the rage in the 1930s with long sweeping fenders, an elongated and tall grille, split front bumpers, and a rear deck that mimics the famous Mercedes 540K. Its impressive profile is nicely accented by a low roof that is finished with a brilliant brushed metal and is also removable. Large diameter headlamps and a unique curved windshield that was specifically designed for this car are just a few of the attributes that make Shangri-La the impeccable car that it is. The ultra-bright and dazzling finish in PPG Indian Inkwell Blue was applied by Cambra Speed Shop in Orange, California. Shangri-La is also the winner of the prestigious Charlie Hutton Paint Award for its outstanding finish. While Shangri-La’s bespoke body serves as the centerpiece of it magnificent appeal, its mechanicals are also a technological masterpiece. Power comes from a General Motors Ram Jet V-8 with 380 horsepower. Most impressive is that the engine’s throttle body unit has been relocated to the side of the engine for a clean and uncluttered look. This unique set up was then topped off with a 1940 Lincoln air cleaner. Wiring was finished by master craftsman Ron Francis and the result is an engine compartment that is clean and functional while providing a superior degree of both power and reliability. Driving is impressive and easy with a GM 700R4 automatic and it stops easily with four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes. Shangri-La rides on Cadillac chrome wire wheels with wide whitewall tires for the perfect custom cruiser look. The interior is by Ron Magnus and is finished in black with breathable fabric inserts. The hides are of the finest quality and all stitching carries the signature quality of a prestigious motorcar. In the interest of simple elegance, the gauges were custom made for Shangri-La and are housed in a single dashboard nacelle that carries oil pressure, temperature, voltage, and fuel level indicators. A matching shifter knob and steering wheel are finished in a semi-translucent woodgrain that carries the Rick Dore emblem.

The superb combination of power, speed, and elegant looks makes the Shangri-La a car that has no equal. For the very best in a bespoke motorcar that is and always will be the only one of its kind, this unique Rick Dore custom is a car that carries the look of timeless elegance in automotive design.

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